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DIGITAL DRIVES RECORD YEAR FOR WARNER MUSIC
Stop us if you've heard this story before. (12/8a)
RAG'N'BONE MAN NAMED BRITS
CRITICS' CHOICE
This chap is a comer, it appears. (12/8a)
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: VINYL OUTSELLS DOWNLOADS
Money is no object to those who follow the needle in the groove. (12/8a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: STARBOY JUKEBOX
One artist, 18 tracks, $1.23m. (12/8a)
I.B. BAD: BETTING ON THE COME
Increased profits have triggered increased investment in A&R. (12/9a)
YEAR-END CHAMPEENS
Who ruled 2016?
GRAMMY NOMS: SURPRISES
Stay tuned.
ANOTHER HISTORY LESSON
More jaw-dropping tales and pics from the archives.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
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DIGITAL DRIVES RECORD YEAR FOR WARNER MUSIC
Stop us if you've heard this story before. (12/8a)
RAG'N'BONE MAN NAMED BRITS
CRITICS' CHOICE
This chap is a comer, it appears. (12/8a)
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: VINYL OUTSELLS DOWNLOADS
Money is no object to those who follow the needle in the groove. (12/8a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: STARBOY JUKEBOX
One artist, 18 tracks, $1.23m. (12/8a)
I.B. BAD: BETTING ON THE COME
Increased profits have triggered increased investment in A&R. (12/9a)
YEAR-END CHAMPEENS
Who ruled 2016?
GRAMMY NOMS: SURPRISES
Stay tuned.
ANOTHER HISTORY LESSON
More jaw-dropping tales and pics from the archives.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
RUMOR MILL
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12/9/16

Rights holders, seeing a light of increasing intensity at the end of a very long tunnel, are making a serious reinvestment in A&R. This ramped-up commitment to an area that has long been considered the foundation of virtually every successful music company has been inspired by a return to increased profitability following a decade and a half of diminished expectations. The turnaround is due in large part to the industry’s collective bet that the mainstream would come to embrace paid streaming. 


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12/9/16

The Grammy nominations announced Tuesday morning contain the usual surprises and snubs—all well and good. But as for the process that led to these decisions, we know nothing whatsoever, because Neil Portnow and the Recording Academy have kept the whole thing a mystery, as always. Why does the Academy insist on keeping its process under wraps? Why can’t the nominations be presented with context and transparency? Why does the secret committee need to be secret?


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4YE
12/9/16

On this flipover Friday, fans have flipped over J. Cole and the new ZAYN/Taylor Swift single from Fifty Shades Darker. The artists are #1-3 on the iTunes songs chart while Cole is the leader on  the album side.


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12/9/16

J. Cole’s “Déjà vu” gets a prime spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. Meanwhile, some of us are having dance-floor déjà vu’s as the list also includes new music from  Moby, Diplo, Major Lazer and a Justin Bieber dance track—suddenly we’re wearing a panda bear costume and sucking on a pacifier.


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12/9/16

Taylor Swift unleashed a big surprise on the world late Thursday night (12/8) by dropping "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," a sexy duet from the Fifty Shades sequel with fellow pop star Zayn Malik...


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12/8/16

Which of the majors nabbed the most Grammy nominations? Behold a breakdown of tallies, provided by labels and distributors. Team Columbia leads with a whopping 32 noms on the label side, while Bob Morelli's RED leads the independent distributors with 29.


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12/8/16

At the Island holiday party in NYC, the following people enjoyed high-test eggnog and felt grateful to be on the opposite coast from us: (l-r) UMG's Steve Gawley, Republic prexy Charlie Walk, Island topper David Massey, Teleport/Island artist Bishop Briggs, Republic ruler Monte Lipman, UMG SVP of Global Streaming Marketing Jay Frank, Republic President/COO Avery Lipman and Island EVP Eric Wong. Later, they were all sufficiently…


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12/8/16

Streaming revenue approached $1 billion at Warner Music Group in fiscal 2016, as the company saw a 13.1% total revenue increase to $3.25 billion in the year that ended 9/30.

 


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1975
12/8/16

"Ah yes, I remember 1975," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren notes to Dirty Hit/Interscope's The 1975 during the digital music giant's Pandora Holiday Live Party at Pier 36 in NYC. "I went to see Jaws and I spilled my Orange Crush and my Keds were stuck to the floor and then we had to find a payphone, and then we went to Treehouse Records and got the new Bachman-Turner Overdrive LP." The band members used an app on their phones to translate.


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12/8/16

The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act has cleared the House and Senate and now heads to the President's desk for his signature. The bipartisan bill, designed to curb scalping, gives the FTC and the states new powers to halt the ability of bots to hoover up the best tix and gouge them via resale. The Recording Academy praised...


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12/8/16

Tonight's Tony Martell Celebration of Life at the New York Grand Hyatt will see such speakers as Clive Davis, Tom Corson, Monte and Avery Lipman, John Esposito, Harvey Leeds and Joan Jett...


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12/8/16

In this classic shot from our archives, which scientists believe dates from around 1988, Irving and Shelli Azoff and Don and Barbara Rickles enjoy a hearty chuckle about those idiots in the Valley who started a trade magazine…


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12/8/16

Jason Iley’s Sony U.K. has come out on top in the competition for the coveted BRITs 2017 Critics’ Choice gong, which has been awarded to Columbia-signed singer/songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man. It’s the second win for Sony over the last decade after a long run of success for Universal in the category.


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12/8/16

 Kirstin Maldonado of RCA's chart-topping vocal quintet Pentatonix patiently explains to HITS' own Simon Glickman that the group's 12/14 NBC holiday special will not be featuring a Chanukah medley. Maldonado then made her escape before Glickman and HITS President of Digital Ventures Todd Hensley could get through "The Dreidel Song." Not pictured: Jonathan Kalter's yarmulke.


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12/8/16

In a first, vinyl albums outsold downloaded albums in the U.K. last week. The final score was vinyl £2.4m ($3m), downloads £2.1m ($2.6m), per stats published by the Entertainment Retailers Association. That’s 120k vinyl albums vs. 295k download units.


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12/8/16

Vevo’s most-watched videos of 2016 include five clips with north of a billion views worldwide...


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12/8/16

Greg Lake, the prog-rock progenitor who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 69.

 


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WEEKNDFIRE
12/8/16

There's gold in them thar streams. XO/Republic's The Weeknd earned 41% of the total revenue on this week's Song Revenue Chart, with $1.23m+ thrown off by the many tracks from Starboy blasting away on the rev Top 50. His streaming revenue significantly outpaced sales. Republic owns six of the Top 10, while Interscope


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MarcoBertozzi
12/8/16

Sales man Marco Bertozzi has been tapped by Spotify as VP Europe/Head of Sales. He’ll be based in London from January, overseeing the streaming service's Direct, Programmatic and International business across the region. 


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Irving Azoff
12/7/16

Global Music Rights (GMR), the performance-rights organization started by Irving Azoff, has filed an antitrust suit in L.A. against the Radio Music Licensing Committee, which it describes as a "cartel of radio station owners colluding against songwriters." Says Azoff, "This is the most important fight of my professional life.  I will not stop the fight for fairness to artists and songwriters."


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.@theWeeknd tops @Spotify’s Global and U.S. Top 200 charts: https://t.co/hGET3UAuU2 https://t.co/RCmMGWNxov
Legendary shoe designer @SteveMadden is going into the record business: https://t.co/jCi091e0yY https://t.co/eoxnasBqGe
The biggest @RecordingAcad snubs include @alessiacara @ShawnMendes @jtimberlake and @Sia: https://t.co/GU0OXrm883 #Grammys2017
Supermanager @ronlaffitte1965 and @LiveNation chieftain @rapino99 forge new partnership #PatriotManagement:… https://t.co/NQ6ng2nOhx
Surprise album from @JColeNC on @RocNation / @Interscope hits next Friday & avail for pre-order now @iTunes https://t.co/aYHxikn2kP
.@TheSatelliteLA presents #MusicMilitia benefiting #StandingRock @ACLU @PPact @HRC @LeoDiCaprio Foundation w/… https://t.co/CBZqXvqe8n
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